GOP speaks out against proposed commission to investigate Jan. 6 Capitol riot

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and others in her party have long called for a 9/11-style commission to investigate the riot on Capitol Hill earlier this year.

According to reports, however, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has confirmed his opposition, potentially dooming the measure in a chamber with a slim Democratic Party majority.

“Refused to negotiate in good faith”

McCarthy’s decision was announced on Tuesday in a statement blaming Pelosi of partisanship in the process.

“For months, the Speaker of the House refused to negotiate in good faith on basic parameters that would govern a commission to examine the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol,” he wrote.

Instead, he accused Pelosi of wasting time by “playing political games.”

The California Republican’s statement concluded with criticism of “the political misdirections that have marred this process,” particularly noting Pelosi’s “shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America.”

As a result, McCarthy voiced his opposition to the measure and, as Politico reported, is now among the House Republicans who can feel free to vote against the commission.

“Disappointing but not surprising”

Even if Pelosi is successful in attaining the support from some GOP lawmakers and the legislation passes in the lower chamber, it will face an even tougher path forward in an evenly divided Senate.

For her part, the House speaker accused Republicans who are against the commission of cowardly behavior.

“I’m very pleased that we have a bipartisan bill to come to the floor,” Pelosi said, describing it as “disappointing but not surprising that the cowardice on the part of some on the Republican side not to want to find the truth.”

She was joined by other leading House Democrats in expressing outrage over McCarthy’s statement. House Democratic Caucus chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), for example, insisted: “It’s hard to take Kevin McCarthy seriously at this point. … I don’t know what Kevin McCarthy is afraid of.”

Pelosi is expected to bring the measure to the House floor for a vote later this week. It is unclear when a measure related to the creation of a Jan. 6 commission would be considered by the upper legislative chamber.

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  4. Do an investigation which will find nothing but also investigate all the actual riots over the past three years. Plenty of stuff to find there and I am sure the democrats would be hip deep in it.

  5. Just check out the History of the Democratic Party, and if you still vote Democratic, you are a traitor and an ignoramous,

  6. Well here is a different take than most of the previous comments. McCarthy & the GOP are voting against exactly what they had demanded. A non- partisan, evenly distributed committee, with equal subpoena power. They got it and now he has to attack. We all saw the videos, so let’s find out the facts and stop hiding. If DJT was responsible or involved it will come out sooner or later. So, stop muddying the waters and protecting him and us from the truth. Kevin you want to be the leader, so put on your big boy pants and lead.

  7. I don’t understand why we need a 9/11 type investigation when #1) there was only one death caused by Capitol Security but 9/11 there were +3,000 deaths; and, #2) there was limited physical damage at the Capitol, but billions lost in 9/11. I just don’t see the need for another multimillion investigation, when most of the evidence is already laying on the table and the people to be called on to investigate have already been proven corrupt.

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